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Best Meatloaf

Tender, juicy meatloaf topped with crispy bacon and a sweet tomato glaze. This recipe makes the best meatloaf!
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Best
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 450 grams ground beef
  • 280 grams ground pork
  • ½ medium onion (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • ½ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 40 grams Gruyere cheese (grated)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pimentón (smoked paprika)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme (stems removed, leaves minced)
  • 170 grams thick-cut bacon
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add the ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic, panko, Gruyere, egg, milk, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, honey, soy sauce, pimentxf3n, salt, pepper and thyme to a bowl. Put a food-safe glove on and use your hand to knead the mixture until uniform.
  • Line a broiler pan with some parchment paper. This makes cleanup much easier and it prevents the meatloaf from sticking to your pan. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf on the parchment paper. Top with the bacon, slightly overlapping each slice.
  • Bake the meatloaf for 30 minutes. While the meatloaf is in the oven, make the glaze by mixing the ketchup, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a small bowl to combine.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the oven and cover with the glaze. Return the meatloaf to the oven and bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until an instand read thermometer reads 160 degrees F.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow it to rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting into it. Serve with mashed potatoes.